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Let There Be Music: Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour Returns to CenterPlace

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_JimGill Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch. Each concert is an opportunity for family play! In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances, and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. Jim Gill is a musician […]

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Finding Free Music Without Getting Sued

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Music By Brian Vander Veen It recently made me feel old to realize that more than fifteen years had passed since the first major peer-to-peer file sharing service, Napster, was launched. Napster lasted only two years before it was shut down by court injunction, but it helped ignite almost a decade of contention between the recording […]

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My Office Yogi (a Q&A and Office Yoga Session with Erin Wert)

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_yoga By Aileen Luppert While we first met over 30 years ago, it wasn’t until our daughters became friends that Erin Wert became a dear friend of mine. Now our girls are nearly the age as we were when we met. Over these last five years I have watched Erin’s sincere passion for yoga grow and […]

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Hunting For Sasquatch: a conversation with Sharma Shields

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Featutre_SharmaShields By Cara Strickland Sharma Shields is a rising star in the literary world. Her first book, a collection of short stories called Favorite Monster won the 2011 Autumn House Fiction prize, and her novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac releases on January 27. Sharma lives in Spokane with her family (and she can often be found bringing her childr […]

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Resolving on Health

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Resolution By Gwendolyn Haley I’m avoiding the cookies. That’s my big New Year’s resolution for 2015. Sure, I’ve made more grand goals in the past, with long lists of things that I am going to do to make me better, smarter, and healthier. In our first year of marriage, my husband and I decided that taking […]

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Becoming Nontraditional: Books & resources for returning to school 

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

successful and unsuccessful choices - concept By Jane Baker When my son graduated from high school there was no way he was stepping on the college train the following fall. He had spent the most of his childhood education struggling to conform to the public school system. He’s a smart kid, just not one who learns best under the traditional American […]

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Meal Planning For Busy Families

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MealPlanning By Kim Harshberger I might have been spending too much time on Pinterest, but last fall I had an overwhelming desire get it together in the kitchen, so I started planning meals for my family. There were a few driving forces behind this decision. For the first time, I had to start figuring out breakfast […]

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Library Hack: What’s a Teen To Do?

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Close Up Of Student Lockers In High School By Sheri Boggs A moment for embarrassing self-disclosure: it’s been a long time since I was a teen. A really super long time. The Spokane Valley Library was my branch, and although I loved books and spent a lot of time there, I couldn’t wait to grow up and move away. Which is pretty much […]

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A Bit of Wizardry

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HarryPotter By Cara Strickland Picture this: one moment you’re walking through a normal theme park, passing lines of people, restaurants and roller coasters. But as you walk deeper into the park, you notice that the buildings around you start to change in character. Suddenly, you’re somewhere which looks a lot like London (albeit against a Florida […]

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The Educational Merits of Minecraft

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Minecraft By Brian Vander Veen At the North Spokane Library, where I mainly work, it’s rare that anyone has to wait more than ten or twenty minutes for a free computer, if they have to wait at all. But sometimes our computers do get full, and I’ve more than once heard adult members grumble about the […]

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